For women trying to find their place in today’s market, there are many powerful pieces of advice out there that have come from some of these seasoned females entrepreneurs. With a great idea, the right mindset and a strong support system, any woman can be on her way to making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Regardless of your gender, it’s a good idea to hear what these female leaders have to say. After all, women have more obstacles to overcome than men in the world of entrepreneurship.
Here are the 10 quotes From for aspiring female entrepreneurs,
1. Melinda Gates – Co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” This “voice” is your best tool in the board room, when talking to investors, when finding partners and when pitching to clients. Once you find your voice, hone it and practice.
2. Barbara Corcoran – Shark Tank investor
“My best successes came on the heels of failures,” says famous the Shark Tank investor. However, failures have no silver linings if you don’t learn from them. Find the lesson in each stumble when creating a new business or coming up with a marketing plan.
3. Ishita Gupta – founder of Fear.less Magazine
“Making the decision to not follow a system, or someone else’s rules has allowed me to really dig into what my own strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful.”
4. Indra Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo
“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” The CEO of PepsiCo adamantly lives in the present–because there’s no other way to live.
5. Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
Facebook’s COO says, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” You want to make the company better, and leave it that way for your successor. That should be the goal of any executive.
6. Angela Braly – CEO of WellPoint
“The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn’t your gender, it’s you. Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment that you can find, and then take control.” The CEO of WellPoint doesn’t believe in not getting your hands dirty–in fact, she says, that’s what breeds success.
7. Katia Beauchamp – Co-founder and CEO of Birchbox
“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.” If you are determined then everything you think of can turn into reality.
8. Michelle Zatlyn – Co-founder of CloudFlare
“People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.” There is no perfect time, so start taking actions.
9. Anita Roddick – Founder of The Body Shop
“What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.”
10. Irene Rosenfield – CEO of Mondelez
“Our emerging workforce is not interested in command and control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so, they want to do things because they want to do them.” The CEO of Mondelez International knows that worker morale is an evolving entity, and that great businesses start with great employees.